My new Favorite!
I received this bag in flower shower along with the matching slim coin purse for my birthday and absolutely love them both! The new pvc material is stunning and makes the pattern more vibrant. The scalloped edges are adorable and makes the bag all the more appealing. It looks much better in person. The bag is very roomy and versatile. The more stuff i put into it the more room it makes! no bulkiness whatsoever! The only complaint I have is that I cannot wear it as a cross body bag because it falls at an awkward spot on my hip. I am 5'9 and even at the bag's longest adjustment it just does not look right. However, that does not change my opinion on how fabulous the bag is! Still a must have!
May 6, 2014
I went to the closest Vera Bradley store yesterday to spend a gift card I received for my birthday. I had no intention of buying this hipster (I planned to buy a Vera Tote), but once I saw this it, I had to have it. This cross body is not fabric; its textured PVC, which is new for VB, but I like it. It is light weight and cool to the touch - great for the summer! I also love the flirty scalloped edge in the front. It is remarkably roomy inside, with 3 separate compartments, two open ones with a zippered one in the middle. I can fit make up and Advil in the middle compartment, a wallet and keys in one open compartment, and a small notebook, pen, and my iPad mini in the other open compartment (it is a tight fit, but it does fit...even with a slim cover on it). There is also a back pocket for my cell phone.
To me, this pattern is nicer and more vibrant in person than it is online. There is also a great deal of variation in the pattern and cut on this hipster. The store had 3 of these in stock and each one looked really different - one was predominantly the blue color (this is the one I purchased), one was very orange, and one was mostly green and yellow. I would recommend purchasing from a store, where you can see the actual hipsters, if color and cut matter to you.
Because this is a new material for VB, I was a little leery of how this will hold up compared to VB's fabric bags, but the store assured me that if there are any problems with it after using it for a while, I can bring it back for an exchange or refund. That is good enough for me and the purse was too cute to pass up! I will update this review in the future if I notice any problems with it holding up.
March 22, 2014
Cute alternative to traditional Vera Bradley
I purchased this bag in Fanfare Fans. After long and careful consideration between that and the Flutterby Butterflies I decided that the Fanfare was the more practical pattern for versatility even though I loved the fun bright purple in the Flutterby. After I received my Fanfare Fans scalloped hipster I was so in love with the look and the functionality of it that I ended up purchasing the Flutterby as well. I normally carry a turn-lock wallet in my purses (typical bags I carry rotate between the Mandy, the mailbag and the convertible crossbody) so this hipster is smaller than what I tend to carry and I also decided to purchase the BB collection Slim Coin Purses in matching patterns as a wallet alternative. In the scalloped hipster I was actually able to fit all of the items that I was carrying in my Mandy minus the turn-lock wallet. In the back compartment in the divided interior I had a BB collection slim coin purse with all my loyalty/club/punch cards, a zip ID case with my drivers license, cash, coins, debit card and biggby coffee card and my checkbook in a VB cover (all the contents of turn-lock wallet). There was still room in the back section if I wanted to bring my kindle (which is in a vera small e-reader cover). Middle zippered section held an ink pen, gum and dental floss. front open pocket held lip balm (probably 3-4 at a time), small pack of tissues, vera pocket papers, travel sized hand lotion, small bath and body hand sanitizer, a tune-in case with 2 pair of earbuds inside and a travel size bottle of advil. I was AMAZED at the amount of stuff I could cram into what appeared to be this tiny bag. It held its shape nicely only just looking a little like I had too much in there when I carried the kindle. This little guy holds the same amount while not looking so "duffel bag" as my husband likes to refer to my vera purses. So all in all I say this is an awesome alternative to traditional VB fabric bags!
May 31, 2014